National Geographic : 1938 Nov
577 AN AMERICAN GIRL CYCLES ACROSS ROMANIA in the fall for the hunt at the man- =2 sion at Dumbra- vioara (S rom berke). Transyl vanians, ardent followers of the chase, came from far and near. There were other guests from Bu dapest, Germany, i a and Scotland. OFF FOR THE HUNT-IN CARRIAGES In the early morning six car riages drove us to the forest through which lanes had been cut and the posts for the hunt ers marked on the trees. Forty or fifty beaters, village men and boys, formed a long line and, shouting and beating the bushes, drove the game up toward the hunters' guns. Besides several deer that raced by (the season was closed), three wild boar charged the line. No one dared shoot: dou ble-barreled shot- Photograph by Wilhelm Tobien A GYPSY BABY, ON MOTHER'S BACK, STARTS DOWN THE LONG, LONG ROAD OF VAGABONDAGE Gypsies learn to wander even before they can walk, bumping along in crude cradles slung on the backs of their dark-skinned, sinewy mothers, as in this scene near Ogradina, on the Danube River. guns were all the hunters carried for the small game, and a wounded boar would have made bad company. After five drives we were served lunch from huge pots and platters kept steaming on a pinewood fire, around which we sat or lay on fur blankets spread over the ground. That night there were 35 guests at the long table in the dining hall. Behind the dinner jackets and bare shoulders stood rows of silent figures: cuirassed Saracen and Tatar armors and helmets, with spear and scimitar in gauntleted hands. The walls from the floor to the 20-foot ceiling were hung with a terrifying host of horns and heads, many of them of exotic animals, for several of this branch of the Teleki family were famous hunters and explorers. The hunt lasted three days at Dumbra vioara, was continued at Szent Ivany, and so went the rounds. Some of the more fer vent then went higher into the mountains for the bear which for centuries have made hunting in Transylvania famous. I had frequent opportunity, such as on these hunts, to see how close the Hungarian peasants are to their nobility, upon whom they have always depended.